Mikel Arteta says his challenge is to build a team at Arsenal to match the performance levels and achievements of champions Liverpool.
The Gunners visit Anfield on Monday night knowing they’re facing a team which has been incredibly consistent for a sustained period, something that the Arsenal manager wants to be able to replicate with his own side.
Arteta was in the last Arsenal team to win away at Liverpool in the Premier League, when goals from Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski gave us a 2-0 win, but since then it’s been an unhappy hunting ground.
The consistency they have shown in the last couple of years under Jurgen Klopp is something which has impressed the Spaniard.
“I don’t see any complacency,” he said. “They go to any ground, even when they are 2-0 up, 3-0 up and they’re still going the same way.
“This is an incredible credit to their coaching team, the culture that they have created and the spirit of that team. And you can see that in the 24 or 26 players that they have in the squad, there is not one player that plays half/half on the day, that is not very interested, that they just play for moments in the game.
“They just go for it every single minute of every game. And throughout the season, to do that for 10 months, that’s a massive compliment, I think for them.”
Still less than 12 months into his time in the Arsenal hot-seat, Arteta has plenty of work to do to close the gap on the top teams, but being one of them and producing consistent performances and results over 38 league games is precisely what he wants.
“That’s a different level, and they have done that in the Premier League,” he said.
“They’ve done that in the Champions League as well. And that’s why they raise the bar so high.
“Not only them but Man City as well in in recent years. That’s the level and you have to be able to compete at that level. Because this is our context, and this is our reality.
“So we want to be one of those teams, those basic things have to be implemented every day. And that goes through in training, you cannot expect that do that (during) the weekends and training a different way.
“So that’s the way you conduct yourself every day as well. I will say we will do our best to try to be much better than last year, then whatever they do, it is up to them.”